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What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960

Gordon Hutner

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832271
eISBN:
9781469605210
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887752_hutner
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Despite the vigorous study of modern American fiction, today's readers are only familiar with a partial shelf of a vast library. This book describes the distorted, canonized history of the ... More


Breaking Glass to Save the Frame: William Carlos Williams and Company

Lisa Siraganian

in Modernism’s Other Work: The Art Object’s Political Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199796557
eISBN:
9780199932542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796557.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter explores the polarity between spectator or readerly irrelevance on the one hand and bodily incorporation of the reader’s body on the other, to investigate writers and artists who ... More


American Utopias

Susan L. Mizruchi

in The Rise of Multicultural America: Economy and Print Culture, 1865-1915

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807832509
eISBN:
9781469605678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887967_mizruchi.12
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on American utopian novels written from the 1880s to the beginning of World War I. These works represented a cultural form that emerged in tandem with economic and industrial ... More


Making home: Orphanhood, kinship and cultural memory in contemporary American novels

Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella, and Helena Wahlström

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719089596
eISBN:
9781781707289
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089596.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Making Home explores the orphan child as a trope in contemporary US fiction, arguing that in times of perceived national crisis concerns about American identity, family, and literary history are ... More


The Quiet Contemporary American Novel

Rachel Sykes

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781526108876
eISBN:
9781526132444
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

What does it mean to describe a novel as ‘quiet’? The quiet contemporary American novel defines the term as an aesthetic of narrative that is driven by reflective principles. While, at first ... More


The Novel in the Era of Plessy

Christine Holbo

in Legal Realisms: The American Novel under Reconstruction

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190604547
eISBN:
9780190604561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190604547.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The transformation of literary realism in the late nineteenth century took place within the context of a categorical shift in American social epistemologies. The first chapter presents an ... More


Beyond Protest: Retracing the Margins of the Postwar African American Novel

Stephanie Brown

in The Postwar African American Novel: Protest and Discontent, 1945-1950

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739732
eISBN:
9781604739749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739732.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter aims to recreate the conditions of the production of the African American novel between 1945 and 1950. In doing so, it is necessary to not only recover the lost voices of the time but ... More


Frederick Exley, A Fan’s Notes (1968): authenticity

Steven Earnshaw

in The existential drinker

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719099618
eISBN:
9781526141934
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099618.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Fred Ex is the committed drinking protagonist of Frederick Exley’s A Fan’s Notes, in thrall to the career of the New York Giants footballer Frank Gifford. He realises he will never have fame of his ... More


The Great American Novel

Kevin J. Hayes

in A Journey Through American Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199862078
eISBN:
9780190252892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199862078.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines the long-standing literary ideal of the great American novel. It first traces the origins of this famous phrase. It then considers several works including Frank Norris's essay ... More


Periodicals and the Novel

Patricia Okker

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 5: The American Novel to 1870

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385359
eISBN:
9780190252786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385359.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter examines the role played by periodicals in the development of the American novel in the 1780s and 1790s, citing Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life among the Lowly ... More


Introduction: Literary Form and Authoritarian Power in the Latina/o Dictatorship Novel

Jennifer Harford Vargas

in Forms of Dictatorship: Power, Narrative, and Authoritarianism in the Latina/o Novel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190642853
eISBN:
9780190642884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190642853.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, World Literature

This introduction lays out the book’s key terms and methodologies. First it asserts that there is a subgenre of Latina/o fiction that depicts the aftermath of Latin American authoritarian regimes ... More


Introduction

Laura Barbas-Rhoden

in Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813035468
eISBN:
9780813038155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035468.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter tries to provide the readers new to the field or region a sense of the possibilities for ecocritical analysis in contemporary Latin American letters. In the process it explores natural ... More


The New England Village Novel and Picturesque Reform

John Evelev

in Picturesque Literature and the Transformation of the American Landscape, 1835-1874

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780192894557
eISBN:
9780191915499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192894557.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on the New England village novel, a prestigious subgenre that figured in many of the midcentury’s critical assessments of what constituted “American literature” but that is now ... More


The Perils of Authorship: Literary Property and Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

Lara Langer Cohen and Meredith L. McGill

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 5: The American Novel to 1870

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385359
eISBN:
9780190252786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385359.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter examines the perils associated with American authorship during the early nineteenth century, with particular reference to issue of intellectual property and copyright. It begins with an ... More


Introduction: Globalization as Form

Héctor Hoyos

in Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168427
eISBN:
9780231538664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168427.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book explores the strategies that allow Latin American authors to reflect upon the experience of globalization and to situate themselves beyond the boundaries of national literatures. To this ... More


Reading Race and Place: Boston Book Clubs and Post-Soul Fiction

Kimberly Chabot Davis

in Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038433
eISBN:
9780252096310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038433.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on the reception of two African American “post-soul” novels that deconstruct essentialist ideas about race. Inviting readers to reconsider binary understandings of blackness and ... More


Before the American Novel

Betsy Erkkila

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 5: The American Novel to 1870

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385359
eISBN:
9780190252786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385359.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter focuses on the prehistory of the novel, with emphasis on the multiple forms of oral and written nonfiction narrative that constitute the history of the American novel. These forms ... More


Walter Scott and the American Historical Novel

Fiona Robertson

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 5: The American Novel to 1870

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385359
eISBN:
9780190252786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385359.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter explores the complications of Walter Scott’s role in the fictionalization of America’s past. It begins by discussing Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s 1835 tale The Linwoods; or, “Sixty Years ... More


Transatlantic Currents and Postcolonial Anxieties

Paul Giles

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 5: The American Novel to 1870

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385359
eISBN:
9780190252786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385359.003.0023
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter explores the influence of transatlantic currents and postcolonial anxieties on the American novel in the period 1820–1870. More precisely, it analyzes how the anxiety of Americans in the ... More


The Transamerican Novel

Anna Brickhouse

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 5: The American Novel to 1870

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385359
eISBN:
9780190252786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385359.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter examines the “transamerican novel” as a useful category for literary historiography. After considering the arguments that underlie the concept of the transamerican novel, it analyzes two ... More


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